An upcoming digital art exhibit featuring the work of Vincent van Gogh is planning to open next month in Toronto, but you’ll need a car to get in.
The large-scale exhibition, which was initially supposed to begin May 1 but couldn’t open as a result of the pandemic, will temporarily operate as a drive-in starting June 18 to adhere to current COVID-19 physical distancing and health guidelines.
The exhibit’s producers said after a year of working on the original plan and purchasing the rights to more than 400 pieces from different museums, they didn’t want to give up on the project — especially when people might be craving options for arts and culture.
“We just had to pivot,” said co-producer Svetlana Dvoretsky. “People have to see the light at the end of the tunnel and also the light during this situation.”
Art lovers will drive into the 4,000 square foot downtown industrial space and will stay inside their vehicles. It’s quite a change from the original concept, which permitted 700 people to walk inside the space at a time.
The drive-in, the first of its kind in a post-pandemic era, will allow 14 vehicles per time slot. Visitors will park, turn off their engines and watch a 35-minute show while remaining inside their cars.
“The lights go down and the projection begins,” said co-producer Corey Ross. “It will be almost as if the car is floating through the paintings.”
The exhibit includes some of the Dutch painter’s most well-known masterpieces, including Starry Night, Sunflowers and many self-portraits. It also attempts to chronicle the famed artist’s tragic demise through the works.
“It’s not that you just walk in and see the display of his paintings. That, you can see in a museum,” said Dvoretsky.
“What our artists have done with this exhibit is they take you inside the painting … They’re trying to show us their version of how the story is born in the mind of the genius.”
The Gogh by Car exhibit is an interim alternative to the walk-through van Gogh exhibit at the same location, which has been postponed until at least July due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the producers say the “test drive” could continue beyond its currently scheduled 11-day preview if public gatherings are still limited over the summer.
Dvoretsky says demand was high for the walk-through exhibit pre-COVID. About 20,000 tickets had been sold in advance.
The installation has been designed by the creators of the successful Paris-based digital art project Atelier des Lumières, which received more than two million visitors before the global shutdown.
Tickets for Gogh by Car cost $100 per vehicle (motorcycles and bikes aren’t allowed), which covers two people. The price of admission will also include entrance into the original walk-through exhibit upon its re-opening. Both are located at the Toronto Star’s former printing presses on Yonge Street. Tickets will be sold online.
Watch this video for a taste of the exhibit:
Kootenay Gallery of Art virtual store project well underway – Castlegar News
The Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar is in the process of creating a new virtual gift store.
Art curator Maggie Shirley said the virtual store is slated to go online in July and will feature up to 300 pottery, jewellery and woodworking items created by West Kootenay artists.
The gallery started the project to help make up for lost revenue since it has been shut down since mid-March due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The new website will have an accessible layout for everyone, according to Shirley.
“We’ve been categorizing each art piece as we put it onto the virtual store,” said Shirley.
“One category will let customers search for different objects on the site while another category will let people search for individual artists.”
The art gallery is setting up a completely new website for the virtual store and will have debit and credit card payment options. Links will also be put on the art gallery’s existing website and social media pages to direct people to the virtual store.
Shirley said the project has been time consuming, especially since it takes staff up to 30 minutes to photograph, weigh, measure and put each object online.
Customers will either be able to pick up their items at the art gallery or have them delivered or shipped to their door.
While the items will be able to be shipped across Canada and the United States, Shirley said the high shipping costs could deter some customers away.
Despite the difficulties, Shirley said now has never been a better time to launch the store.
“This is a really important transition time for us and a lot of local businesses. We really want to survive these difficult times and grow,” said Shirley.
“This is a big risk were taking, especially since we don’t know if we’re going to get enough traffic to the virtual store to make it worthwhile. However, this is the future of how people will buy things and its a perfect time to get on the bandwagon.”
Shirley hopes that the art gallery will be able to open its physical store again in September.
Levi Nelson art on display in downtown Pemberton – Pique Newsmagazine
Hydro boxes in Pemberton just got a lot more exciting.
Pieces by Levi Nelson, a Lil’wat Nation artist in his last year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, are now installed on hydro boxes along Portage Road and on the utility box at the Downtown Community Barn.
“We are incredibly grateful and honoured that Levi shared his artwork with us,” the Village of Pemberton said on a Facebook post on Friday, June 5.
Nelson’s work has been exhibited at the Talking Stick Festival, the Museum of Anthropology, North Vancouver City Art Scape, and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design Aboriginal Student Art Show. He also recently became the first Lil’wat Nation artist to have a piece in the Audain Art Museum’s permanent collection.
The recent hydro box wraps were made possible thanks to a contribution from BC Hydro’s beautification fund.
Applications being accepted for public art funding – paNOW
Macleod Campbell explained they are also happy to support public art projects as they help to improve the overall quality of life for people in the city.
“It’s nice to have public art for viewing at this time as well as of course supporting the artist,” she said.
Eligible groups can include a range of organizations from local art groups to private businesses. In order to be eligible, the group has to be working with a professional artist and the piece must be displayed publicly.
There is not a hard deadline for people to apply for funding. Macleod Campbell said applications are subject to approval from the art working committee and city council.
Macleod Campbell explained the city is also working to make people aware of the art which is on display in public spaces around the city, as they have created a public art tour brochure. The document is currently available on the city website and they are looking to get physical copies out into the public.
“That’ll be something as well,” said Macleod Campbell.
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